How exciting! The FAAN Teen Summit is being held in Whitney and Reid’s hometown! SUNDIAL is set in Washington, DC, and an interesting way to see the sights is by following SUNDIAL’s scavenger hunt.
This is a unique and insider’s way to see Washington. Don’t worry, it’s easy! We have provided a link to the map for you to follow (lucky you, no riddles to solve). Along the way, snap some photos or take some video and submit it to us and we will put it up on our site!
At the hunt’s conclusion, savor lunch at food allergy-friendly Old Ebbitt Grill. Look around and decide what you think. Some readers have taken the book with them to this restaurant and asked for the same seat Whitney and Reid were given!
Well, what do you think? Did you think the Lincoln statue is as two-faced as Vlad Dune? Do you see the message Dr. West is trying to convey? Did you know the Netherlands Carillon was there? We want to hear from you. Email us: email@example.com!
Welcome to Washington, DC! We are so glad you came to visit and hope you enjoy your stay!
Our books feature a strong heroine who has a glimpse of a coming dire future, and we try to keep up with what is going on with other writers and books in our YA dystopian genre. Veronica Roth’s choices in Allegiant were surprising because we believe that writers have a relationship with readers and writers should be mindful of this fact. It does not mean that readers dictate what happens, but their investment of time and emotion as well as their motivation (such as escape) should be factored into the equation.
Adversity exists in fiction because there is always the hope of turning it to one’s advantage and we realized the value of constructive criticism as indie authors is that we can take feedback and make changes. Why wouldn’t we want to maximize the enjoyment of the story and its characters to its full potential? So, thanks readers who have reached out to us and we wanted you to know we are listening! We promise we are not going to run the same plot in book after book, dumb down our characters, or kill off someone for shock value.
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Steven Colbert’s “Better Know a Salinger” segment on author J.D. Salinger got us both laughing and then thinking about how opposite the famed writer was from us in terms of work style.
He has several manuscripts locked away in a vault. It was explained he did it so he did not acquire fame in his lifetime but what strikes us as sad is that he also did not garner any feedback. Books are subjective and while we hope readers enjoy our work as much as we enjoy creating it, we accept that might not always be the case. Constructive criticism, particularly when you own the rights and can make changes to your own book, can improve your work and help you grow and develop as a writer and storyteller.
We thank one reader in particular, Joie Hao, for offering her insight on ways to polish The Light Bringer’s Way to bring it to the same level as Sundial. Her efforts have sparked another contribution to the literary world and Joie recently launched her new company and website, Sound Copy Editing. Congrats!
Things happen for a reason that change you forever but sometimes cannot always be explained. Mysteries like these create growth opportunities and expand mental horizons. We craft our characters to wrestle with their own faith and believe in what’s right. It’s not always the easy road but it’s the right one. Perhaps this 19-year-old has remarkable things left to accomplish in her lifetime…if you’re given a second chance, you need to make the most of it.
I watched Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (again!) last night. The movie has won over 40 awards and is a tribute to creative and beautiful direction. While this is an amazing feat, what is even more amazing to me is the perseverance of the man behind it all: director Ang Lee.
There was no Spielberg rocket to stardom for Lee. He faced years of rejection and his path to success was a rocky road. Fortunately, his wife believed in him and he never gave up on his dream of making movies. Lee wrestled with self-doubt and was brave enough to hang on to his belief in himself. Like any artist, his gift is one he shares with the world despite its odds and despite its lack of convention. Finally, his dream came true and we all get to enjoy his movies and be inspired to not be afraid when the road to success is more daunting than expected.
James Gandolfini managed to endear us to a violent sociopath because of his acting range and ability to portray a multifaceted character whose struggle to become a better person despite his environment struck a familiar chord. He was not an underdog yet his vulnerability and desire to improve himself provoked our sympathy. It’s a credit to Gandolfini’s acting that he could create this emotional response from a character most of us would be prejudiced to hate and also a credit to the writer’s of The Sopranos for crafting Tony: a brutal and lovable man in a complex package. Like so many, we respected and enjoyed James Gandolfini’s work and are sad to see him leave us so soon. Just like in his epic series, Gandolfini had us all on the edge of our seats waiting to see what would come next and it was with shock and sadness that everything faded to black. We all are stunned and remorseful by his exit…once again.
Congrats to the Mt. Vernon Majors soccer team for winning their first Virginia AAA State championship! We spent many years playing on those fields and know they are watered with the sweat of hard work. It is great to see you all bring home the victory!
And, speaking of teams, we hope Tim Tebow finds success in a Patriots uniform. Nobody can deny the fact that this Heisman Trophy winner has heart, discipline and tenacity and Bill Belichick knows how to pick winners. Best of luck finding your niche playing with Brady and the boys, Tim!